2018 It’s All About Science Festival

SDPB Science Steve

Join SD Public Broadcasting’s Steve Rokusek in an exciting on-stage demonstration of science.


Sioux Falls will once again host Keith Johnson, KJ BubbleGuy for stage performances and a tour through the science of bubbles.  Visit The Secret World of Bubbles to learn more.

Lakota Star Knowledge 

Visit the stars and learn about how the Lakota Nation have used the constellations as maps, clocks, and for teaching life lessons to their children as you take a tour of outer-space inside the SD Discovery Center (Pierre, SD)’s Planetarium.  Each ticketed show is 30 minutes and showtimes are: 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45, 4:15.  Tickets available up to 1 hr ahead of each show.

Interview a Scientist (STEM professional)

Visitors at the Science Festival are invited to showcase connect directly with regional STEM professionals.  These scientists, engineers, pilots, etc. will demonstrate some of the cool parts of their jobs and address questions regarding the science, training, and environment associated with their careers.  Scientists are on-site from 10:30 am-12:30 noon and again from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Science Fair Expo (K-8th graders) 

From 11 a.m – 12 noon check-out the awesome science research projects presented and displayed from area youth!

Research Poster Symposium

Down the middle row of the Science Festival you can learn about regional research performed by area high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, post-doc researchers, and teachers. Learn more by visiting with these scientists from 9:30-11:30 and 1:00-3:00.


Exhibitor Preview

TSP ARCHITECTURE: Penny Bridge Challenge

TSP Architecture provides planning, architectural, and engineering expertise in design solutions for Healthcare, Education, and Government buildings. At the TSP Architecture booth you will have the opportunity to learn how form and design impact the strength of a paper bridge to support an ever increasing load of pennies.




Sanford Research is a team of biomedical scientists studying human health. Sanford Research’s The Sanford PROMISE creates experiences in biomedical science for K-12 students, teachers, and the community: their goal is to increase community understanding of science, raise awareness of the benefits of research and emphasize the role of both.  At the Sanford PROMISE exhibit you will have an opportunity to learn about the chemistry of candy through an Experiment (chromatography) with skittles – you’ll even be able to take supplies home to show your friends/family what you learned.